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breech

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noun \ˈbrēch\

Definition of breech

  1. 1 plural \ˈbri-chəz also ˈbrē-\ a :  short pants covering the hips and thighs and fitting snugly at the lower edges at or just below the knee b :  pants

  2. 2 a :  the hind end of the body :  buttocks b :  breech presentation; also :  a fetus that is presented breech first

  3. 3 :  the part of a firearm at the rear of the barrel



Examples of breech

  1. <plant yourselves on your breeches on that bench and listen to what I have to say>

  2. <the mounted riders look striking in their red coats and white breeches>



Origin of breech

Middle English, breeches, from Old English brēc, plural of brōc leg covering; akin to Old High German bruoh breeches, Latin braca pants


First Known Use: before 12th century

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